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How to add more colourful clothes to your wardrobe

5 easy secrets to adding more bright colours to your style

Have you ever wanted to expand your wardrobe and experiment with more bright colours but don't know where to start?

Well this is the blog post for you!

I will break down 5 easy steps to gain more confidence to experiment with adding colour to your style all year round.

I am a qualified Fashion Designer and have been wearing colourful clothing all my life. I have been working in the fashion industry the past 2 years and have studied fashion in college for 4 years.

Here are my top 5 tips........

Tip #1 - Start small and easy

Its easier to start small, you don't want to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe and get overwhelmed with options. "Accessories" will be key to your intro to wearing more bright colours.

So you already have a more neutral based wardrobe, that's perfect. Select your favourite outfit and we are going to edit how you style and accessorize it. I would focus on shoes / hair accessories / bags and jewellery. Try to keep these accessories in the same colour (eg. Yellow) but you could vary this colour in brightness. In winter you could also accessories with hats / scarves / gloves. This is another great opportunity to try out some colourful winter accessories (eg. pink bobble hat, oversized wool scarves). If you don't want to spend too much money and want to stick to a budget be sure to check out charity shops or swap some items with friends. By just adding these pops of colour to your outfit you will start to find colours that you are more drawn to and love. Everyone knows I love all shades of pink and you will find your favourite bright colour to wear also.

Tip #2 - Adding more colour to your neutral outfit

Wearing a colourful outfit can be a conversation starter but if you are not ready to wear a fully bright outfit from head to toe then step 2 is perfect for easing you in to wearing more bright colours. We are going to replace an item of clothes (eg. a top) with a bright colourful piece. I feel the best way to do this is either wear a colourful top with jeans or a neutral pants or vise versa, a colourful pants with a neutral top. If you are feeling adventurous you can certainly accessorize with some matching colourful jewellery or shoes. These small details help tie a look together. There is minimal investment in this step and can have a massive impact. The colours I would recommend starting with would be pink, blue, yellow, purple. You can then build up to reds, neon's and mixed patterns.

"Your style is unique! You can never go wrong when you love what you are wearing."

Tip #3 - Comfort zones and patterns

Colourful and intense patterns can be the most intimidating but what if I told you it doesn't have to be. I would suggest starting out with tartan / plaid / gingham patterns. This is a great way to get used to wearing patterns if patterns are totally out of your comfort zone. If you are looking for more stand out patterns polka dots / florals / stripes are very popular and easy to style. Patterns can be a great way to introduce some colour to office wear. You could style a grey suit with a lilac stripe tie or a lilac polka dot blouse. Floral prints have become a lot more popular for wedding guest attire especially in the spring / summer time. Don't be afraid to add bright colours in to your winter wardrobe with some of the tips so far. I personally wear bright colours all year around and love it.

Tip #4 - The staple colourful piece

Having a staple colourful piece is the easiest way to add colour to your look everyday while getting loads of wear out of your piece also.

As a designer I've always been conscious of my wardrobe. I found it easiest to style my looks with a staple coat in my wardrobe. My coat would go with lots of other pieces so I would get a lot of wear out of it. To find the perfect colourful coat for yourself I would firstly look at styles and shapes you love. Do you love long or short coats? Oversized or trench coats? Buttoned or tied? Once you know the silhouette of a coat you love you can start to find what bright colour would blend in to your daily coat. Personally I always reach for hot pink but some more colours I would recommend would be burgundy, mustard, lilac or you could even look at some patterns! When choosing a coat the quality is very important to me as I like to get years of wear out of it

Tip #5 - Be inspired online

My final tip is to be inspired online. Instagram and Pinterest is great for fashion inspiration. My favourite instagrammer to follow for colourful fashion is @jazz.moon.xx pictured here in one of my lounge dress designs. I would also recommend starting a Pinterest board for bright colourful fashion inspiration. Pinterest is great to search for specific styling and to get a visual image of how an outfit could look.

Thank you for reading my top tips

Always remember fashion and style is unique and everyone loves to wear different styles and colours. You will find your favourite outfits and colours you love to wear. You can never go wrong when you love what you wear. I cant wait to see what outfits you create and wear next. Experimenting with your wardrobe can be fun and easy.

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